"The story of a president who saved a bear
cub's life has a special place in American folklore and inspired the creation of teddy
bear plush toys."
|"The teddy bear's story begins in November 1902 when
President Theodore Roosevelt was hunting in Mississippi. After an unsuccessful day,
the hunting party brought a small bear cub to the camp for the president to shoot.
He refused because the animal did not have a chance to defend itself."
|"Clifford K. Berryman, cartoonist for The Washington
Post at the time, sketched the incident and captured the public's imagination as well
as that of American toymakers. Soon the country was flooded with teddy bears."
|"The original teddy bear, from 1903, was given to the Smithsonian by Teddy Roosevelt's grandson, Kermit. Today that bear is in the collections of our National Museum of American History."|
Theodore Roosevelt: October 27, 1858 -- January 6, 1919
|"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and
comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and
spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high
achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
"We cannot do great deeds unless we are willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness." May 30, 1999, New Yor, New York
|Teddy's Bear celebrates the 140th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's birth. His certificate is signed by Tweed Roosevelt, the great grandson of the 25th president of the United States. Teddy's Bear wears pince nez eyeglasses and his name is embroidered on his paw pad. His lucky number is 6143/7500. Tweed Roosevelt recently retraced the route of the 1914 Rio Roosevelt expedition and is a recognized authority on the President and the Roosevelt family.|
Lorene Kay Bear, the libearian, grrrreatly recommends "The Teddy Bear Men: Theodore Roosevelt and Clifford Berryman, Historical Guide for Collectors" by celebrated bear artist, Linda Mullins. Hobby House Press, 1998. "This is a real fun book, full of cartoons and photos, and lots of information," adds Clinton Bear, assistant libearian.